Of course this quote applies to our students, however,
I changed STUDENTS to TEACHERS.
(Photo courtesy of Chris Dupont)
I love being a school librarian because of the opportunities to work with all of the teachers in our building, working collaboratively across all content levels, taking risks and trying things that I have never done before. I'm genuinely interested in all content areas, recently admitting that I could be a professional student or if able audit any one of the courses currently being offered in our building.
Here are just some of the various ways I support teachers:
The library is bustling with students all day long and I am very thankful the environment we have created provides a safe place for our students!
Count of students choosing to be in the library throughout the day:
(This graph does NOT represent students who only stop in to purchase an item from the Novel Cup, have a brief chat with one of us or check out materials. )
Count of students choosing the library before school:
So...all of these students are coming to the library, what are they doing and why are they here?
We are working hard to provide a space that is flexible to support students in what they need at the precise moment they enter this space. Students and staff feel comfortable asking a wide range of questions and expressing a wide range of needs. If we can't help, we direct them on a path to get the help they need.
Social and emotional support:
Providing an environment where students can de-stress
Getting support from friends
Playing games (video games and board games)
Listening to music
Support from any staff member in the library, we have students who use this space to check in or as a safe place to help them refocus for the day
Collaborative space to study
Quiet place to study and focus
Space to record audio/video for classroom projects
Individual work completion
Any type of academic support
Learning new skills by trying out resources we have in the makerspace
After an extremely long hiatus from this blog here is a new post!
Here are some new things happening in the library:
Our first Makerspace challenge was a success. We had students that worked together to create/invent an original game using cardboard. While it wasn't as successful as I had hoped, for our first event I was happy that we had 5 games created. Those students that worked hard on their games were very excited to explain them to students and library staff, updating us on their progress! When they finished the game they were very proud of their hard-work!
Here is a glimpse of what the library looks like during enrichment! Students are working, participating in Makerspace activities, or enjoying a game with their friends.
Whiteboard question of the month:
Student council and Key Club members have been busy tying the P for next year's homecoming!
Physics class has been busy working on their toothpick bridges! Thanks Mrs. Jabens for bringing down your classes!!!
Students have discovered the piano in the library and have been providing the library with beautiful music!
Here are some items that are COMING SOON:
Our recording room will be outfitted with music recording equipment and a podcast booth for student and teacher use.
Mini lessons based around projects being assigned, as well as various lessons on research, organization and reading. (I am also open to other ideas, so feel free to share them!)
NHS Blood Drive Showcase Huge thanks to Matt Alexander and the PHS National Honor Society for transforming the library into a blood drive! It was a success and awesome to see faculty and students donating blood.